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Herman Cain: latest Republican knothead to run for president

Where, compatriots, do they get these people?

I kid you not a bit: my high school buddies were nowhere near this stupid. And none of them were qualified for the Presidency, for sure.

For instance, Mike Huckabee — a Republican heavyweight. There’s someone other Republicans could trust with their vote. That’s the type of guy who will be straight with the Conservative faithful.

That’s also the type of guy to crank out bizarre American history animations where Ronald Reagan defeats Black, knife-wielding disco fans. If those reality chops weren’t enough, he once criticized his president by reminding everyone of Obama’s formative childhood:

But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.

Kenya. Okay. Well, Mike has bailed the game. So, what of the other geniuses? Who are the remaining Republican hopefuls? Dopefuls? Michele Bachmann?

“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.”

Lexington and Concord in New Hampshire? What a good president she’d make. The Secret Service would have to keep her on a leash — literally. She’d try to set up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue . . in Pennsylvania.

Then, of course, there’s Sarah Palin. Aaannnnnnd . . . right.

And, now, there’s the latest calf in the Knothead Corral: Herman Cain. Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, he’d make a brilliant president.

But you know what’s the problem with tattooing a copy of the Constitution on your ass? You never see the damn thing:

You know, those ideals that we live by, we believe in, your parents believed in, they instilled in you. When you get to the part about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” don’t stop there, keep reading. Cause that’s when it says “when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” We’ve got some altering and some abolishing to do!

Hullo? That’s the Declaration of Independence, Herm.


Troubled president of the Arizona Senate proudly claims he is not a citizen of the United States

All hail the new patriotism. And the new patriot.

American citizen? Hell no. You pledge allegiance to . . ? A region of North America, mister. One nation? Under God, indivisible? Screw yourselves. We’re sick and tired of your whackjob Federalism and liberal, centralized authority . .

AZ Senate President Russell Pearce Takes Tentherism To New Level: ‘You Are Not A Citizen Of The United States’
Zaid Jilani | Mar 21, 2011

. . In the speech, where he denounced the federal government’s efforts to stop the implementation of the state’s radical anti-immigrant law, Pearce claimed that Americans aren’t even citizens of the United States, that they are rather citizens of “sovereign states,” meaning that we should be loyal to the laws of individual states rather than the federal government:

PEARCE: “U.S. history, most of us weren’t around when the Constitution was written. But you remember we kind of existed before Congress, the states? We created the Con- gress, we created the federal government, by compact? Do you know, you’re not a citizen of the United States? You’re a citizen of a sovereign state. The fifty sovereign states make up the United States, we’re citizens of those sovereign states. It is not a delegated authority. It’s an inherent authority that states have over the federal government. It’s about time somebody gets it right!”

Yes, it’s about time! So, let’s ask that person. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome Mr. Constitution:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

Oh no, the dreaded Supremacy Clause. The “. . laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.” Well, that’s no fun. Now, the 14th Amendment:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside . .”

My emphasis. That, friends, is as spectacular a case of American Fail as I can imagine any right-wing legal expert could manage.

How the hell does a guy like Russell Pearce end up as President of the Arizona Senate? We’re not just trifling with a mere piece of paper: it’s our founding document. Adopted a helluva long time ago — like 1788. So, it counts.

But why would the people of Arizona choose someone so stupid? It’s not like Pearce hasn’t been stupid before. In 2006, he copy/pasted and e-mailed some of his favorite internet postings to his supporters. When they got a load of it . .

Who Rules America?
The National Alliance | The Alien Grip on Our News and Entertainment Media Must Be Broken

. . For example, a racially mixed couple will be respected, liked, and socially sought after by other characters, as will a “take charge” Black scholar or businessman, or a sensitive and talented homosexual, or a poor but honest and hardworking illegal alien from Mexico. On the other hand, a White racist—that is, any racially conscious White person who looks askance at miscegenation or at the rapidly darkening racial situation in America—is portrayed, at best, as a despicable bigot who is reviled by the other characters . .

. . they said, “Wait, Russell — aren’t the National Alliance a bunch of Nazis?” Why, yes, they are:

And who are these all-powerful masters of the media? As we shall see, to a very large extent they are Jews . . Despite a few prominent exceptions, the preponderance of Jews in the media is so overwhelming that we are obliged to assume that it is due to more than mere happenstance.

Russell felt bad, he apologized. He won’t do anything so stupid ever again. And, since then, he’s been exactly the same as he ever was. 2007:

One thing that toupee will not hide is Pearce’s bigotry towards Mexicans, and his unsavory connections to outright neo-fascists, such as Mesa’s J.T. Ready, who recently took part in a neo-Nazi demonstration in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. After the demo, members of the swastika-wearing National Socialist Movement and fellow travelers retired to a local farm where they lit giant swastikas afire, listened to hate-core music, slam-danced, and barbecued a Mexican and an Israeli flag . .

J.T. Ready and Russell Pearce in 2007

Ready’s a supporter of Pearce, and at a June anti-immigration rally at the State Capitol, the prejudiced pair spent almost all of their time with each other. They even appeared smiling and arm-in-arm in photos.

Pearce once endorsed his buddy for Mesa City Council. Here’s J.T. at that Nebraska rally:

J.T. Ready, second from right

In 2008, Pearce sponsored Senate Bill 1108 “that would prohibit students of Arizona universities and community colleges from forming groups based in whole or part on the race of their membership.” It would have illegalized groups like Native Americans United and the Black Business Students Association.

And in 2010, the biggie: it was Pearce who drafted and sponsored Arizona’s infamous S.B. 1070. Ooooohhh yeah. That’s how he got to be President of the Arizona Senate. So now, he’s a powerful man.

One powerful, stupid man. After the Tucson spree-shooting of 19 people, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona’s House and Governor made accommodations for people to mourn. But the Senate?

. . the Arizona Senate, under the leadership of Pearce, never adjourned. Pearce told The Arizona Republic, “We have a constitutional obligation to wrap up business in 100 days.” The Arizona Constitution contains no such limitation on the length of regular sessions of the Arizona Legislature.


Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick hits trifecta on first day: misses swearing in, casts extra-constitutional votes, uses Capitol for fundraising

The good people of Pennsylvania’s 8th District might want to take note: Mike Fitzpatrick is some kind of FUBAR bad-ass. Although Jeff Sessions is no slouch.

He’s not wasting a second of his precious wingnut time to clock in at the whackjob. On his very first day in congress, he swore himself in by watching the ceremony on TV, cast un-Constitutional votes in the House, and skirted federal fundraising laws in the Capitol, making for the sort of public record legal experts will get to puzzle over for weeks to come. And this was all before he was a member. This, friends, might be some sort of unmatchable feat:

Two House Republicans Missed Swearing In While At A Fundraiser In The Capitol, Violating Constitution On Day It Was Read
01- 6-11 03:53 PM | Huffington Post

. . The Republicans, incumbent Pete Sessions of Texas and freshman Mike Fitzpatrick, missed the swearing in because they were at a fundraiser in the Capitol Visitors Center. The pair watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised.

Are they kidding? Was that by closed circuit, cable or broadcast? There’s some sort of electronic swearing-in provision buried in Article Six Jiillion I’m unaware of. They couldn’t even get a webcam? Can I serve jury duty by Bluetooth?

On Thursday, the Rules Committee adjourned because Sessions had made a motion to open proceedings to begin considering the GOP bill to repeal health care reform – an action that can only be taken by an official member of Congress.

These two idiots froze all activity in the House for over two hours while the Republicans had to huddle and scramble to make everything proper and legal again. As for non-members Sessions’ and Fitzpatrick’s earlier votes for Speaker Boehner, among other House business, who knows what it all means? Somebody call the Capitol Historians League. And a busload of lawyers.

But there’s more: while they were at the Capitol Visitors Center, receiving folks who had donated to Fitzpatrick in order to backslap him on his big first day, Mike came close to breaking federal law.

Sessions and Fitzpatrick were at an event elsewhere in the Capitol complex and watched the swearing-in there. Because Fitzpatrick solicited funds in conjunction with an entire day’s worth of first-day activities, some outlets have reported that he was at a fundraiser. It is against federal criminal law for members of Congress to accept contributions in the Capitol or its surrounding office buildings.

He solicited the funds before the event at the Capitol. But there’s no doubt it was a fundraiser. Here’s the website for the event, here are screenshots:

Call me cynical, but I’d bet, as a Democratic member of the House, if I asked for $10,000 donations in conjunction with a “Meet toma at the Washington Monument” event, there’d be howls of protest from ‘patriotic’ members of the other caucus.

Yes, well, isn’t it a good thing the Republicans are back in power? After a scant few hours, they’re restoring honor and dignity to our sacred institutions.